Several years ago I began photographing vintage aircraft, mostly large military machines, at various aircraft museums. With all due respect for their makers and their crews, I was not primarily interested in their history or technology. I did not want to make portraits of heroic old war birds.
What attracted me visually was the texture of their surfaces, the play of light and shadow along their curves, and the abstract shapes I found in close-up or tightly cropped views. These are photographic studies of objects not originally intended as sculpture, but with strong sculptural qualities, nonetheless.
© Tim Messick